|Quoting B747forever (Reply 4):|
A remarkable breakthrough for Airbus. I wonder how much this has to do with all the 787 problems the Japanese carriers have had.
I saw an interview on CNBC with an executive from Airbus. This question was posed to him. He said the 787 issues had nothing to do with the order, because discussions started long before the 787 battery fire at BOS.
Still, one has to wonder why JAL decided to go with the A350, apparently as the replacement for the 777. Considering that Boeing is updating the 777, it would be more practical to replace your current 777s with updated versions.
Further, Phil LeBeau of CNBC pointed out that Boeing makes an effort to have Japanese subs, in order to keep the Japanese carriers as customers. The 787 batteries, among other parts are made in Japan, and the 777-X wings are likely to be made at a Japanese subcontractor.